New York | 1h 55m | Open run

Perfect Crime

From 3 critic and 272 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Dated, Clever

About the show

A long running psychological murder mystery (the longest-running play in New York) in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown. More…

The longest-running play in New York City's history takes place in the home of a wealthy psychiatrist, Margaret Brent, who is accused of murdering her husband. A handsome detective thinks he has it all figured out, but Margaret's husband's murder is only the beginning of what may just be the perfect crime.

Woman Around Town

"In the face of awkward segues within the characters’ dialogue and the lack of chemistry, Perfect Crime is still an intriguing thriller full of unexpected twists and turns. It will leave you unsettled and questioning the motives of its characters like any suspenseful piece of work will do. And in my opinion, that is its strongest asset." Full Review

New York Daily News

"There's just no killing New York's currently longest-running play. On Sunday, Warren Manzi's 1987 murder mystery, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, hits a major mile-marker: 10,000 performances. Having never seen the show before, the time seemed right. As of No. 9,980, there's still life in the modestly diverting thriller." Full Review

The New York Times

"But if you stick with the story - and considering the turgid performances, that's asking a lot - it does make sense and even has a certain thematic elegance. As the illusions reveal themselves, a confusion and sense of terror slowly build. Or at least that's what should happen if the production wasn't so lethargic." Full Review

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thought provoking mysteries, being on the edge of your seat, a good laugh,

Don't see it if Don't like guns, violence, cross dressing, profanity, adultery

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if if you love murder mysteries...

Don't see it if you want to think too much!!!

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if Great laughs small audience in nice area. Intriguing play. Lotsa twists. Keeps u on edge of seat. Great murder mystery/comedy

Don't see it if U prefer larger venues. U dont like mysteries.

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Masterful

See it if You like a mystery. This is a classic must see play.

Don't see it if You you are not into mysteries

Great acting, Funny, Must see, Clever, Historical staple

See it if You like to laugh and if you want to experience an entertaining crime story.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays or want to follow a plot word for word. Sudden loud noises.

Clever, Confusing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You like to see something different, like murder mysteries, or want to see the longest running play.

Don't see it if You like musicals, don't like thinking, don't like serious, thought-provoking material.


See it if You love a great plot with a twist

Don't see it if If you do not like drama

Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining, Mysterious, Who-done-it

See it if You like a murder mystery with great actors in an intimate setting, complete with twists, red-herrings and all under 2 hour

Don't see it if You rather see a musical

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a well written, old school murder mystery in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a lavish production.

Clever, Dizzying, Riveting, Masterful, Indulgent

See it if you like mysteries and intimate settings

Don't see it if you only like big specatacles or deep plays

Clever, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Fast paced and fun

Don't see it if If you do not appreciate old-time shows

Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if Engrossing murder mystery with a determined detective and an engaging male psychiatric patient who wears women's dresses (fun to watch!)

Don't see it if The current cast is really top-notch and I highly enjoyed the show (wasn't hard at all to follow; not sure why there is so much negativity.)

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you're a fan of Clue and in the mood for an evening of silly fun.

Don't see it if you don't like mysteries or aren't a fan of tiny theaters

Entertaining, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you like mysteries and good acting

Don't see it if you don't like mysteries or plays

Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You like mysteries and straight plays. Good acting and interesting stories.

Don't see it if You don't find plays or mysteries interesting.

Great acting, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if You like mysteries or psycho drama. Do not want to see a musical. Like small theater experiences

Don't see it if You only like mindless entertainment. You have trouble hearing

Entertaining, Clever, Confusing, Slow

See it if you like the feel of Agatha Christie mysteries, intimate productions, nonlinear storytelling, and lots of twists.

Don't see it if you like trying to solve the mystery and find it frustrating when information is withheld or twists are added just to maintain the suspense.

Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if The play and theatre were small but the cast was captivating. Ask to get the behind the scenes tour. Much fun

Don't see it if You don't like off Broadway productions

Clever, Intense, Slow, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy a good mystery

Don't see it if You are turned off by slow development

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if Enjoy murder-mystery

Don't see it if Unable to sit thru some slow times...

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like a suspenseful mystery. Good acting, great theatre.

Don't see it if You do t like mysteries.

Ambitious, Confusing, Absorbing, Indulgent, Interesting

See it if you like weird, confusing mystery theater with twists & turns. I had seen the reviews on here; my low expectations were totally surpassed.

Don't see it if you expect a general audiences-geared show. This is an intimate, strange & quirky production; if that appeals to you, you may enjoy this.

Absorbing, Clever

See it if you enjoy thought provoking shows without musicals and enjoy great plot writing.

Don't see it if You do not like A LOT of talking or don't care much for crime dramas.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Intense, Clever

See it if you like puzzles or crime shows

Don't see it if if you don't want to think

Confusing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if The story is very confusing and difficult. I did like it a lot though. Its exciting.

Don't see it if You do need to be able to focus on whats happening a lot.

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